Analogue Africa in Seattle: Malick Sidibé's Bamako


Until March 24th, M.I.A Gallery hosted an exhibition of photographs by Malian photographer and Hasselblad Award winner Malick Sidibé. The exhibition in Seattle consisted of over 30 photographs by Sidibé. As you can see, Sidibé’s work focusses mostly on black-and-white studies of popular culture in 1960s Bamako. It includes portraits both of people and of life so to speak, but the human element is always present in each picture.

Dansez le twist, 1963 © Malik Sidibé via
Femme peulh du Niger, 1970 © Malik Sidibé via
Regardez-moi ! 1962 © Malik Sidibé via

There is something about the use of black and white and square format which instantly makes these photos timeless and iconic don’t you find? Each photo has a strong sense of form to it; this mixing with an atmosphere which is at once foreign, yet appealing.

Soiree Mariage, 1968 © Malik Sidibé via
Toute la famille en moto, 1962 © Malik Sidibé via

Some of the photos are staged whilst other are simply snapshots of dancing, revelry, and good time. I think this strikes an excellent balance for the exhibition. But if you’re in Seattle, go see it for yourself and tell us what you think. It’s open at M.I.A Gallery until March 24th.

M.I.A Gallery

1203 A Second Avenue 
Seattle, WA 98101 

written by webo29 on 2012-04-03 #news #gallery #square #seattle #exhibition #mali #malick-sidibe

One Comment

  1. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    The portraits are great! I love the article thanks for sharing

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